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Department of Health ‘snoop’ in St Helens?

The bush telegraph is buzzing wildly from St Helens with the appearance around town of a DHHS ‘snoop’.

A number of sources have reported that a DHHS ‘snoop’ is lurking around town trying to find out if patients have above average ill health/diseases.

The ‘snoop’ also appears to want to know if a counseling service would be useful given the ‘panic, distress and agitation” allegedly caused by Dr Bleaney after the airing of the Australian Story program.

If the DHHS had dealt with the issues appropriately back in 2005 as they claim, there would be no need for a ‘snoop’ to be slinking around St Helens today!

Kym Philby

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4 Comments

  1. Isla MacGregor

    March 8, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    Mark Poynton -Who’s view is ‘hysterical’?

    In the ‘foresters’ view Mark Poynton again raises this issue of ‘hysteria’ this time about the St Helens community. On whose advice did Mark Poynton making this allegation of ‘hysteria’ in the St Helens community? There is NO evidence about ‘hysteria’ in the St Helens community. The boot is actually on the other foot along with the ’emotion and fear’.

    The following is what was posted on Crikey.com last year in response to Eleri Harris’ article “Is Rosebery a Health Hazard?”:

    Ian Sale
    Posted Friday, 10 July 2009 at 4:42 pm | Permalink

    This sounds like a June Bug event – see http://www.springerlink.com/content/v5u85k6jv858581r/ for an account of hysterical contagion.

    Spinning ‘hysteria’ from Rosebery to St Helens is always the tool of the deniers. Those, in fact, who have the most power or money to loose. We can understand the ‘real fear’ that drives this sort of undermining and labelling.

    Legitimate community interest about potential risks to human health from environmental toxins is a ‘reasonable’ response to Dr Bleaney’s, Rosebery residents and many others independent research.

    Isla MacGregor

  2. Dave Groves

    March 8, 2010 at 11:04 am

    Started to read the “forester” view…..but it spun and twisted to end up as the same old “us and them” mantra, so readily peddled out by vested interests.

    A lot of nit picking and defensive text, trying to justify, deny and hide the truth.

    Won’t be long now till our autumn skies fill with thick plumes of choking smoke from ‘reduction burns”….

    On with the show….

  3. Gerry Mander

    March 8, 2010 at 10:55 am

    Now that St Helens water has been declared oh so pure, maybe they should bottle it and sell it. Official lab test results down one side and guarantee by an eminent doctor on the other. Bound to be a success, especially with government employees and Steve Kons.

  4. Isaiah

    March 8, 2010 at 10:27 am

    Goodness gracious. There will be a grassy knoll next. The trees know you know.

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